- Series: Dorothy Must Die (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062280732
- ISBN-13: 978-0062280732
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die) Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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Praise for the DOROTHY MUST DIE series: “Readers of Baum’s books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Dorothy Must Die is kind of the ultimate in girl-powered literature. Here, women and girls are allowed to be anything.” (Nerdist.com)
“Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, there’s no place like it.” (USA Today)
“Paige doesn’t hold back in this fast-paced action novel. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howard’s Splintered, Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars, and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.” (School Library Journal)
“Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Paige is creating a rather brilliantly twisted version of the familiar world of Oz.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Paige has embellished upon the original Wizard of Oz story to create a completely new, even more bizarre Oz and cast of characters. Her world building is fascinating.” (Booklist)
“For anyone who likes a good story turned on its head, Dorothy Must Die is a must-read.” (Huffington Post)
“The Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen it.” (Teen Vogue)
“Paige’s world building is intriguing and effectively augments the original world created by L. Frank Baum.” (ALA Booklist)
From the Back Cover
Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.
You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.
The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.
My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:
The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.
But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?
Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.
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I acknowledge a that I have been drawn into Oz since childhood. Like Narnia, it has always been a place I wanted to visit in real life. Like Narnia, Oz has parallels to our world; to our lives. My biggest disappointment with "Wicked" (the novel, not the musical... the musical is my favorite) was that it was unreal and overwritten. Oz and Narnia have the same characters as one finds on Earth. And then came "Dorothy Must Die."
I love twisted fairy tales -- Once Upon a Time is up there in my ten favorites tv shows ever -- so I approached this series from a not-of-this-world perspective. And yet, Dorothy IS of this world. Our world and Oz are blended. The people react as any normal person (who can suddenly perform dark magic) might respond.
My only regret is that my youngest daughter (age 10) needs to wait a few years to read this series. There's a little too much gore and a bit of bad language. Other than that warning to parents, I cannot recommend this series highly enough.
Okay. The first book in the Dorothy Must Die Series was amazing! The descriptions, the plot the story in general. I rated it five out of five stars. The second book however was very dissapointing. Barely anything happened and the new people we met died. The only thing that saved the book was that cliffhanger. I honestly thought that this was it. This book would be the end and it would be amazing and the second book was just a filler. Boy was I wrong.
The first thing right of the bat that I noticed was the inacuracy. As I recall (and I reread the first book just to see if I was right and I was,) when Amy looked at the enchanted mirror as Astred and asked it if she could see her mother, it showed her sober and she said to someone, "It's been six months without her. I can't beleive I had to lose everything to wake up and get sober." from this we already know that in the time point of Yellow Brick War when she came back it had to have been a year or more. But when she asks how long it's been Mombi only says it's been a month.
The other inacurate thing was the Knome King. If he was vanished into another land without Dorothy knowing him, how could he have gone to trhe party/ball in the first book? You know that he's their beacause when a maid and Amy as Astred are greating people at the door the maid says, "God has the Knome King put on some weight!"
Besides the inacuracy the book was rushed. Too many things happened way to fast. I'm very dissapointed with this book. The only good book-so far- in the Dorothy Must Die series was the first one. It's just fact. two out of five stars. Only thing that saved this book was the amazing descriptions.
This book was addictive. The whole trilogy (or, actually, series) was. I couldn't stop reading it. I read it in one day (!). The writing style is so engaging and fast-paced, you just fly through this book.
Amy is one kickass-sarcastic-awesome protagonist. She has her flaws (and you want to shake her at times) but who doesn't? It's the kind of flaws you're not bothered by because they are real. They make sense. Amy is truly amazing in her own right.
What I love about Danielle books is how she constantly changes and plays with our prospective of good and evil. There are never clear lines between the two. Evil can turn good and good can turn evil. And what is someone who, for good reasons, does evil things?
It's written in a light and fun way (which I love) but there are also deep meanings in this series (which I also love).
*Full review (with spoilers)*
This was it. Yet again, I was on my own, and the future of everything was in my hands. I sighed and started walking.
I was literary 2 pages in when I was smacked with plot twists and surprises everywhere!
I was lightly starting the book... I was just turning to page 3 when I was like: What? Really? No. Wow. Wait. Why? Whoa. What's happening here?
Nox was straight out of Central casting: Tortured revolutionary dreamboat --- Are you the girl who'll finally capture his wounded heart?
Nox joining the Wicked witches as the fourth witch!
With the whole 'Amy going dark' thing that was going on in book 2, I was so sure it was going to be Amy who joins them! I never thought, I didn't expect it to be Nox! It was a shock. I felt as shocked as Amy at that moment.
Not to mention the whole 'it's forbidden for the Quadrant to have a normal life or be in love, so yeah, Amy, sorry, but you and Nox can't be together'.
I knew Gert wasn't dead! I don't know why but I never believed she was dead for good.
I had that theory that maybe the witches faked her death as part of their plan to make Amy kill Dorothy.
Well, I wasn't right about that but she is alive. And I'm glad she is. She's my favorite wicked witch out of the three.
So much happened in this book and there are so many problems they have to face - old ones and new ones alike - that I don't even know if it can all be solved in one book. Maybe a very long one book.
Is Dorothy dead? Last time we saw of her she was... *shudders* she looked pretty much dead to me. I mean, her eye had melted. *shudders again*. But we can't know for sure. Even if she's alive though, I'm not sure how much harm she can cause in her current condition.
Right now it seems Amy switched from 'Dorothy must die' to 'the Nome king must die'.
Dusting was still looking at me like -- well, like I'd vanished and then reappeared out of thin air. But the fact that it wasn't physically possible to vanish and reappear out of thin air was working in my favor. Whatever explanation he was coming up with for what he'd just seen, It definitely wasn't "some kind of really scary mind-stabbing supernatural entity just walked out of the walls, made Amy briefly invisible in order to drop a bunch of vague sinister hints, and then disappeared."
Dustin and Madison have officially joined team Amy! If you have told me in the first book that I would genuinely appreciate and liked Madison, I would have laughed and said "no way".
Many characters we didn't think we could like or trust did a complete turn in this book: Madison, Dustin, Amy's mom, Mombi...
I can't WAIT to see Madison in Oz. Thar girl is as tough as Amy, I can say that for sure. I'm really starting to like her... and Dusting too. He may not look like much at first glance but he's actually very loyal and a genuinely good person.
"You know what?" he said. "Never mind the order. I'm falling in love with you, too."
Amy & Nox: I was so glad to get more Amy and Nox time in this book. In the first two books they were constantly separated and pulled apart. But in this one they were finally (kind of) together. United. On the same side. Not giving up on each other, no matter what. I loved that. I loved how loyal they are to each other.
"Because if you give up -- then what is there left to live for?"
Throughout the book there was that constant threat in my mind of Amy turning dark, letting magic consume her, becoming Dorothy...
But she fought it. And Nox was on her side (+Lureline's magic boots), reminding her who she is. She'll never be Dorothy, I know that now.
She made the right choice, choosing not to kill Dorothy. It might not seem like that to Lulu or the wicked witched but she really did made the right choice.
Queendom. Huh, I like the sound of that. You never really think about it but why always 'kingdom'? If a queen is ruling, is should definitely be queendom.
Glinda and Glamora: Who will win? Is Glamora truly gone? Because right now it seems Glinda is winning...
And what about Mombi? Is she dead? I didn't particularly like her most of the times but she was a little different in this book. She seems more... human. There is still a high chance she's not dead. I mean, Gert said it's very hard to kill a witch.
Will Amy ever return home? Will she and Nox find a way to be together? How will they defeat the Nome king? Is Dorothy really dead? What will happen to Madison, Dustin and her mom? Where will the Yellow Brick Road lead them? Will Amy be able to fight Oz's dark magic? What will Amy and Nox choose: Oz or the other place?
I don't know-I don't know-I don't know...
I want the next book ASAP!
In the meantime... the first book in a different series by the author (a snow white retelling!), is coming out September 27, 2016.
So there is that (:
"It's not magic that makes you who you are. It's the choices that you make."-- Dorothy Must Die
All in all a good quick read and I'm glad I read it, but I won't be reading the fourth any time soon.